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Workers’ compensation may cover carpal tunnel

Technology jobs and office administrative positions have various components in common, including using a keyboard and mouse and sitting for long periods. Repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel, can become painful, preventing you from completing your regular job duties. We often assist clients in filing for workers’ compensation.

According to Healthline, carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tendons that flex your fingers and the median nerve become compressed as they pass through a narrow tunnel in your wrist. Excess pressure can cause swelling due to inflammation, increasing discomfort.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel
Your wrist is among the most flexible joints in the body. Although it provides incredible mobility, it is also vulnerable to stress disorders and injuries. The inflammation caused by persistent striking, twisting or atypical bending can interfere with the use of your wrist and hand. Symptoms include the following:
• Burning sensation that travels up your arm
• Weakness in the hand muscles
• Tingling, numbness, and pain in your thumb and first three fingers of your hand
• Wrist pain that interferes with your sleep

During the day, your hand may fall asleep, and you may drop objects, appearing clumsy. These symptoms can prevent you from completing routine tasks.

Filing an injury claim
Successfully filing a carpal tunnel claim can be challenging due to the broad range of biological and environmental factors that can cause the issue. You need to show how your regular duties on the job made you susceptible to CTS. Thorough documentation of when the symptoms began, your doctor’s statements and other evidence can help your claim. If you have received a denial letter, you can pursue appeals and legal action.

On behalf of Mark Knight Attorney at Law